Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

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Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

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[Guide] Google’s X company has always been out of the box: it invented the Google glasses that proved to be useless, burned a lot of money and incubated a balloon company that went bankrupt this year, but it also hatched an automatic Driving the head company Waymo and Google Brain, which is subverting the AI ​​industry. Today, it has hatched a new company: dedicated to using AI to change industrial robots.

Google is about to change humanity again.

Following autonomous driving (waymo) and AI (google brain), Google has incubated a new cutting-edge technology company two days ago.

Its name is intrinsic.

This company has been incubated within X for 5 years. Under the leadership of Vice President of X company Wendy Tan White, the intrinsic team will use AI technology to change today’s industrial robots.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Wendy Tan White, Vice President of Company X

In short, “democratize robotics.”

Training AI that makes robots smarter

Because it can perform heavy and repetitive manual labor in factories quickly, accurately and without stopping, the emergence of industrial robots can be said to have changed the face of today’s industrial production.

It makes “unmanned factories” possible, and it also makes a huge contribution to us being able to drive cheaper cars.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

However, since the birth of industrial robots, they have only mechanically performed repetitive tasks. If they are deployed in a new production environment, they will immediately become trapped.

Engineers need to spend hundreds of hours programming and debugging before they can officially start.

This means high time and labor costs. Therefore, for some small and medium-sized companies who want to achieve flexible production, the deployment of industrial robots is a very uneconomical business.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Not only that, due to the lack of sensing devices, traditional robotic arms cannot perform tasks that seem simple to humans, such as plugging in or assembling furniture.

Using AI to train robots is similar to autonomous driving: first, they need to accurately recognize the external environment, and then through deep learning training to let them learn to distinguish the types of objects in the surrounding environment.

Then make decision-making work such as route planning and intensity control according to the mission objectives.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Intrinsic’s first project is to let the robot learn to plug in sockets.

For example, in the example below, after only two hours of training, the manipulator has learned a high-end skill: plugging in a USB plug.

Humans seem to be easy, but for the robotic arm, it needs to distinguish the type of USB plug first, and then insert it into the correct socket.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

It took hundreds of hours to train a manipulator to learn such a job before.

Through deep learning and reinforcement learning training, this type of robot can quickly adapt to new tasks. For example, in another example, two intrinsic robots learned to collaborate with each other to efficiently assemble furniture.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Through various sensors arranged in the robot and the production environment, the robot invented by intrinsic can quickly perceive and adapt to the new environment.

For engineers, they no longer need to learn complex PLC programming in the future, but will focus more on machining processes and processes to improve production.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Another more powerful project is the “four robots cooperating to build a house” project created by Intrinsic in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

The four robotic arms need to complete the assembly, positioning and gluing of a roof at the same time in the field. It can be seen that these four robotic arms work very well.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Intrinsic is now hiring people on a large scale. AI, robotics experts, and software engineers, as long as they conform to their three views, will not refuse.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Mysterious Company X

Alphabet’s X Development may be the most mysterious company currently.

Its predecessor was GoogleX, which was founded by Google in 2010. After Google reorganized into Alphabet in 2015, GoogleX officially became independent and became a subsidiary of Alphabet parallel to Google.

The main purpose of X is not to make money, but to change the world.

“We solve the most difficult problems in the world by inventing the most cutting-edge technology.”

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Therefore, the many secret research and development projects carried out by X company are often confusing, but they have also incubated many companies that are blockbuster in forward-looking technology.

For example, X company once did a project called Loon. Chinese people sounds will think of the majestic dragon, and Loon in fact taken from the word balloon.

Yes, its main business is to make balloons.

The plan of the Loon project is to bring the Internet to all parts of the world by placing balloons in the stratosphere as a router to access the Internet.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

The wish is very good, but compared to the Starlink made by SpaceX, it feels a little bit inferior.

Therefore, although the Loon project was successfully incubated in 2018, it was officially closed in January this year due to poor progress.

X also invented Google Glass, which has been complained by many people.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

However, in addition to making balloons and glasses, X also has many successful incubation cases.

For example, it has developed Wear OS that allows many Android camp manufacturers to compete with Apple Watch:

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Another example is Waymo, the leader of the autonomous driving industry.

Waymo was led by Google genius engineer Sebastian Thrun in 2015, and assembled almost all the elites in the autonomous driving industry at that time.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Although Waymo’s recent development has not been smooth, it is undeniable that Waymo is still the industry’s top autonomous driving technology company. Has the longest test mileage and the most reliable test results.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

The most successful case of Project X incubation is Google Brain, which is now flourishing in the AI ​​world. Under the leadership of Jeff Dean, Geoffrey Hinton and Wu Enda, Google Brain has successively made projects that affect the industry such as Google Translate and TensorFlow.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Astro Teller, Google’s “Moon Landing Captain”, once said, “The revenue from a Google Brain project is enough to make Project X worth the fare.”

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

So, other projects, despite burning money now !

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

Intrinsic will allow more “smarter” robots to enter industrial production. On the one hand, the previously labor-intensive industries are expected to further improve efficiency and reduce costs. On the other hand, it also means that more and more low-end jobs are no longer needed Not suitable for humans anymore.

Waymo adds a new brother: Google hatches intrinsic and uses AI to train robots

What do you think of it?

Reference materials: https://x.company/projects/intrinsic/

https://www.reuters.com/technology/alphabet-launch-robotics-firm-intrinsic-under-its-other-bets-unit-2021-07-23/

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